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Lebanon Valley College 

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Dear Friends, 

A Lebanon Valley College diploma represents more than 
hours spent in classrooms and academic credits tallied on 
transcripts. It also represents an experience ripe with 
opportunities for learning, growth and deepening ties to 
the community. This experience reflects the 'Richness of 
the Liberal Arts.' 

In the pages that follow, you will find the stories of 
people who were enriched by and who enrich the excellent 
academic experience of LVC. As you read about them, I 
invite you to remember those people who have added color 
and texture to your experiences at the Valley. These are the 
people who define the greatness that happens here and who 
make the most of what our College has to offer. This 
richness is exemplified by Jenny Larson '06, who travels 

over 3,000 miles to return home from LVC during 
semester breaks; the Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Woomer, 
who provides spiritual guidance to the College's 
students; Michael Boyer '93, who remembers the 
LVC advantage of personal connections; and Heather 
Edleman '06, who donates her personal time for 
those less fortunate. 

On a campus of more than 1,500 students, it is 
inevitable that the LVC community remains close 
knit. We pride ourselves in knowing each other and 
recognizing each other's achievements. We learn and 
grow together. We laugh and cheer together. And in 
times of sorrow, we grieve and cry together. Over 
the past year, we have lost some who were very dear 
to us. In these times, the ripple of both sorrow and 
comfort are felt in every corner of campus and 

The academic year 2002-2003 had numerous 
highpoints as well. In the spring of 2003, the 
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy 
Education of the American Physical Therapy Association 
announced that Lebanon Valley College's Doctor of Physical 
Therapy Degree Program had been granted Candidate for 
Accreditation status. The College remains on schedule to be 
considered for full accreditation in 2006. Currently, there 
are more than 50 students enrolled in the program, 
including 10 who are scheduled to earn the College's first 
Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in May 2006. 

For the second year, Lebanon Valley College excelled in 
the U.S.News & World Report rankings alongside much 
larger master's level institutions such as Providence 
College in Rhode Island, Villanova University in 
Philadelphia and Loyola in Maryland. Once again, the 
Valley was recognized for its academic excellence, its 
graduation rate, freshmen in the top 25 percent of their 
high school class, and as one of the top 20 for average 

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freshman retention rate. 

Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about 
other cultures and perspectives, 60 students traveled to 
destinations beyond the Annville campus during the 
2002-03 academic year. In the fall, Dr. Angel Tuninetti, 
associate professor of Spanish, accompanied eight students 
to Salamanca, Spain. In the spring, he joined another 23 
students in Hamilton, New Zealand. An additional 29 
students traveled to nine off-campus study locations, 
including Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Alfta/Edsbyn, 
Sweden; Cambridge, England; Montpellier, France; 
Cologne, Germany; London, England; Athens, Greece; 
and, Perugia, Italy. 

The esteem with which graduates and friends hold the 
College was seen in the progress of our "Great 
Expectations" campaign, which secured $39,115,117 — 
78 percent of the $50,000,000 goal by June 30, 2003. 
During the 2002-03 year, the campaign received 
$7,61 1,456 in new commitments for capital projects, 
endowments, and to support LVC's day-to-day operations. 
Despite the recent difficult economic climate, this was the 
second-best year in the campaign's history. One 
remarkable achievement was that the campaign has already 
exceeded its goal for new gifts to the endowment two years 
ahead of schedule. Many of these gifts will establish new 
scholarships for LVC students, reflecting the desire of 
many graduates to create opportunities for the next 
generation. The need for scholarship endowment support 
is ongoing, and we will continue to raise gifts for the 
endowment even though we have exceeded the goal. 

The youngest members of our community have shown 
their support for LVC through contributions to the senior 
class gift drive and as inaugural members of the Thomas 
Rhys Vickroy Society's GOLD group. The Class of 2003 
raised more than $21,000 for day-to-day needs of the 
College, the highest amount raised by a senior class in the 

College's history. And, through a personal challenge 
mounted by Trustee Jim Hanford and his wife Ursa, over 
100 Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) have qualified 
for the new Vickroy Society membership category for 
young alumni. 

The College also received significant support from 
other members of the LVC community. Gifts include those 
for an actuarial science faculty office from Dick 
London '65; an annuity from Helen Neidig and Dr. 
H. Anthony Neidig '43, honorary co-chairs of the 
Great Expectations campaign; and the bequest of Dr. 
John Synodinos H'96, a dearly missed friend of the 
College and LVC president emeritus. 

Friends of the College have already started to 
show their support for the Garber revitalization 
project through gifts to the campaign. Notably, a 
gift from M. Louise Hess '78 and Kenneth Hess will 
provide funding for a faculty research laboratory. In 
addition, Dr. Elizabeth Weisburger '44, Ella Mae Dellinger 
and her son Woodrow "Skip" Dellinger '62, Hershey Foods, 
the Merck Foundation and Research Corporation will 
provide significant contributions in support of the proposed 
renovation of Garber Science Center. 

This is a special place because of the people who make 
these opportunities a reality, the students who make the 
most of these experiences, and the desires of everyone in 
the LVC community to continue to nourish and enhance 
our College. I look forward to another successful year in 
which we continue to work together toward enriching the 
lives of those around us. 

G. David Pollick 

President, Lebanon Valley College 

President's Report 

The academic quad is almost 
complete with Lynch Gymnasium 
currently being transformed into 
an academic center and Garber 
Science Center being examined 
for an upcoming $13 million 

year in review 

The new student center 
anchors the College's 
residential quad and is framed 
by the Marquette and 
Bellinger Residence Halls. 

At the annual opening breakfast, 
President G. David Pollick made 
three separate financial 
contributions totaling $70,150 
to Annville Township and the 
Annville-Cleona School District. 
The College has pledged a total of 
$250,000 toward the Annville 
Streetscape Project, which was 
completed this past summer. A 
four-block area on Main Street 
now features new brick-lined 
sidewalks, period streetlights, 
trees, plantings, stone walls, safer 
pedestrian crossings, and wider 

Just months before his death 
on Dec. 26, 2002, Dr. John 
Synodinos H'96, president 
emeritus, and his wife, Glenda 
Synodinos, were honored at the 
dedication of the College's Peace 
Garden, one of the last projects he 
initiated before his retirement. 
The garden, located in the center 
of the College's residential area, 
includes a series of small 
intersecting pools that are 
surrounded by plantings, stone 
walls and a patio. 

LVC's web site continued to 
undergo change with the addition 
of a detailed events calendar, 
revamped athletic pages, and the 
introduction of the NetCam, which 
enables friends and alumni to view 
the campus via the Internet. 

Dr. G. David Pollick, LVC 
president (far right), celebrates 
Founders Day with co-recipients 
Richard A. Zimmerman (far left) 
and]. Bruce McKinney. 

LVC held its first Cherry 
Blossom Festival the second 
weekend in April. The festival, 
sponsored by various student 
groups, is the successor to the 
College's Spring Arts Festival. The 
weekend celebration highlights 
the beauty of LVC's extensive 
collection of cherry trees and 
signals a renewed family-centered 
emphasis. Children's activities, 
food and craft vendors, and games 
were offered both for students and 
the greater Annville community. 
Many varieties of music were 
presented on two outdoor stages 
during the day and at the Arnold 
Sports Center at night. 

The College sponsored a 
community forum in mid- 
November to discuss whether or 
not the United States should be 
engaged in a war with Iraq. The 
campus community added their 
voices to the national discussion 
on the Iraq war during a teach-in 
on March 26, when professors 

The College 

sponsored a 

community jorum 

in mid-November 

to discuss 

whether or not 

the United States 

should he engaged 

in a war 

with Iraq. 

offered nearly 20 workshops on 
various aspects of war in addition 
to the full slate of regularly 
scheduled classes. Teach-in topics 
reflected each professor's area of 
expertise and covered the issue 
from as many angles as there are 
majors on campus. 

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African Art was keyed 

to the College's Africa 

Colloquium. On display 

were a wide range of 


paintings, drawings, 

stone carvings and 

etchings... most 

from the collection of 

LVC Trustee 

E Obai Kabia 73. 

Cultural Connection 

The Suzanne H. Arnold Art 
Gallery continued to offer a variety 
of exceptional exhibitions, 
beginning with Suspend and Levitate 
and followed by Honore Daumier's 
prints from 19th-century Paris. In 
January, an exhibition titled 
Contemporary African Art was keyed 
to the College's Africa 
Colloquium. On display were a 
wide range of contemporary 
paintings, drawings, stone carvings 
and etchings from many parts of 
Africa, most from the collection of 
F. Obai Kabia '73. In February, 
New York City artist Susan 
Leopold installed a nine-and-a-half 
foot rotating tornado tower in the 
Arnold Gallery as the dynamic 
centerpiece of a unique exhibition 
Susan Leopold: Tornado Tower and 
Other Eccentric Spaces: 1992-2003. 
LVC artist-in-residence Dan 
Massad, a renowned pastel artist 
who creates painstakingly rendered 
still-life works, was one of the 
speakers in the May "Conversations 
with Artists" at the Gallery, a 
series of four lectures given by 
prominent local artists. Massad's 

LVC artist-in-residence Dan 
Massad's work was included in 
the collections of The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New York, The 
Philadelphia Museum of Art and 
the Smithsonian Institution in 
Washington, D.C. 

work is included in the collections 
of The Metropolitan Museum of 
Art in New York, The 
Philadelphia Museum of Art and 
the Smithsonian Institution in 
Washington, D.C. The series 
concluded with Lancaster artist 
Jerome Hershey, who is renowned 
for his colorful geometric patterns 
and linear forms. His work was 
also on display for the Gallery's last 
major exhibition of the year, Jerome 
Hershey: New Rose Variations and 

In conjunction with Lebanon 
Valley College's Africa 
Colloquium, some LVC alumni 
with ties to Africa took part in a 
panel discussion, "What is Africa 
to Me?" The former students 
included Wembi Dimandja '94, 
Malaika Cheney-Coker Wright '99 
and Plummer Bamasa Bailor '92. 
Another LVC alumna, Dr. Kathy 
Robinson '81, presented a program 
on the music of Africa. An expert 
on multicultural perspectives in 
music education and an assistant 

F. Obai Kabia 
'73, (right) a 
political affairs 
officer at the 
United Nations 
headquarters in 
New York City, 
has been a 
member of the 
LVC Board of 
Trustees since 

professor of music at the Eastman 
School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., 
Robinson co-directs the Eastman 
School's summer music education 
project in Kimberley, South Africa. 

"Human Rights in Africa: 
Which Way Forward?" was the 
topic when Fulbright Fellow Dr. 
Sifune Mchome, associate dean of 
the University of Dar es Salaam 
Law School in Tanzania, came to 
campus in March. 

The Cypress String Quartet, 
which has played to great acclaim 
throughout the world, spent a 
week in residence on campus once 
again as did WITF-FM's Next 
Generation Festival. In addition, 
1 1 bands took part in the second 
annual Christian Music Festival at 
Lebanon Valley College. The event 
was sponsored by Light in the 
Valley, a student-run Christian 
music ministry chaired by Lauren 
Davis '03. 

The College premiered its first 
Step Show in April, featuring 
performers from LVC and area 

President's Report 

year in review 

colleges as well as youth step- and 
drill-teams from Pennsylvania and 
New Jersey. Stepping is an original 
art form with influences that go 
back to the early 1920s, when 
African-American fraternities 
added synchronized dance steps to 
their vocal performances at 
national conventions. 

Above: (I. to r.): 
Elizabeth Nguyen '07, 
Shila Williams '05, 
Laura Heitsenrether '07, 
Aaron Young '04 and 
Arthur Elder '07 take a 
study break in the 
atrium of the Vernon 
and Doris Bishop 

In spring 2002, the first 
screening of the award-winning 
documentary video JIM IN BOLD: 
Life, Death and Being Young and 
Gay in America, was held on the 
Lebanon Valley College campus. 
Executive producer and LVC 
Trustee Malcolm Lazin '65 showed 
the director's cut here before a 
formal premier of the finished 
work in May at Philadelphia's 
Kimmel Center. Several LVC 
students were interviewed for the 
video, which will be used as an 
educational tool in schools across 
the country to promote tolerance. 

The Cuewe-Pehelle, a bronze statue 
in the Carmean Plaza, represents 
the welcoming spirit of the Lebanon 

Distinguished Visitors 

Lt. Jerry Reilly, a New York City 
firefighter who narrowly escaped 
the collapse of Tower Two at the 
World Trade Center, discussed 
"September 1 1 : Heroism 
Redefined" in October 2002. Lt. 
Reilly helped to save many lives, 
but lost several colleagues and 
friends. Reilly is the father of Jerry 
Reilly Jr. '01. 

Lee Gutkind, an award- 
winning nonfiction author who has 
pioneered the teaching of creative 
nonfiction, gave a reading at the 
College in March 2003. Gutkind is 
the founder and editor of the 
literary magazine Creative 
Nonfiction and is the recipient of a 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Creative Writing Fellowship. 

Pedro Cortes, former executive 
director of the Pennsylvania 
Governor's Advisory Commission 
on Latino Affairs, who currently 
serves as the Commonwealth's 
secretary of state, spoke in 

LVC held its first 

annual Cherry Blossom 

Festival... The festival, 

sponsored by various 

student groups... 

highlights the beauty of 

IVCs extensive collection 

of cherry trees and 

signals a renewed 

family -centered 


November as part of an 
international business presentation. 
Nationally known song leader 
Nick Page was the College's artist- 
in-residence for a week in March, 
conducting music and song 
workshops on campus and at the 

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Lebanon and Lower Dauphin 
middle schools. His residency in 
central Pennsylvania was made 
possible by a gift from Vincent 
Pronio '47 and his wife, Ronnie. 
Arshad Khan of Harrisburg, 
the author of Understanding 

Muslim-West Alienation: Building a 
Better Future, spoke on 
"Understanding the Context of 
American-Muslim Relations." A 
professor and a consultant, Khan is 
a longtime resident of both the 
Middle East and the United States. 
Pat Halpin-Murphy, president 
and founder of the Pennsylvania 
Breast Cancer Coalition, kicked off 
this year's Income Tax Check-Off 
for Breast and Cervical Cancer 
Research on campus in March 
2003. Deborah Freer 71, a breast 
cancer survivor, was also on hand. 

Left: Miller Chapel viewed through 
the cherry blossom trees that line 
Sheridan Avenue. 

Right: Dr. Carl Wigal, professor of 
chemistry, pictured with Sophia 
Kwon '06, earned three prestigious 
awards including one from the 
American Chemical Society that was 
presented at Princeton University. 

She is a volunteer with numerous 
organizations, including the 
Lebanon American Cancer Board, 
the Breast Cancer Coalition, WITF 
and Good Samaritan Hospital in 

In Memoriam 

John A. Synodinos H'96, president 
emeritus, died Dec. 26, 2002 after a 
long illness. Synodinos, 68, the 
College's 15th president, served 
LVC from 1988-1996. Later, he 
continued to serve on the College's 
Board of Trustees and as an adviser 
to current president Dr. G. David 

Dr. Carl Y. Ehrhart '40, (left) 
professor of philosophy emeritus and 
dean of the College emeritus, died 
June 25, 2003. Ehrhart, 85, served 
the College for almost 50 years as a 
department chair, dean and vice 
president. An ordained minister in 
the United Methodist Church, he 
was a Yale graduate with a 
doctorate in divinity. 

Founders Day 

Two former chief executives with 
the Hershey Foods Corp., who in 
2002 helped to lead strong local 
opposition to the proposed sale of 
the giant candy maker, were 
honored in March at the College's 
Founders Day. Richard A. 
Zimmerman and J. Bruce 
McKinney accepted the honor on 
behalf of the communities of 
Hershey and central Pennsylvania. 
Also honored on Founders Day was 
LVCs Nu Delta chapter of Alpha 
Phi Omega, a co-ed service 
fraternity. The students had helped 
raise funds for the Lupus 

Foundation, Relay for Life, Habitat 
for Humanity, the Central 
Pennsylvania Blood Bank and 
many other organizations. 

Honoring Our Own 

Dr. G. David Pollick, LVC 
president, was named a Paul Harris 
Fellow by the Lebanon Rotary 
Club. The fellowship recognized 
Pollick's outstanding contributions 
to the community. 

Lebanon Valley College 
awarded diplomas to over 500 
students during its 1 34th annual 
Commencement ceremony. LVC 
Trustee Dr. Ross W. Fasick '55, 
was surprised to find himself the 
recipient of an honorary degree. A 
retired senior vice president of the 
E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., he 
is the holder of 15 patents and the 
author of numerous publications. 
Also honored at the ceremony was 
Dr. Carl Wigal, professor of 
chemistry, who won The Thomas 
Rhys Vickroy Award for teaching, 
the College's highest teaching 
award. Earlier in the spring, Wigal 
was recognized by his peers in the 
national body representing his field 
as the best undergraduate teacher 
in all colleges and universities in 
the Mid-Atlantic region. The top 
award for a part-time or adjunct 

faculty member, the Nevelyn J. 
Knisley Award for Inspirational 
Teaching, went to Marion 
Markowicz, instructor in sociology, 
who is also a full-time social 
worker at the Hershey Medical 
Center. Two students qualified for 
the top student award given at 
Commencement, the H. Anthony 
Neidig Award. It went to seniors 
Matthew Russell of York, and 
Julia Wolfe of Forest Hill, Md. 
Russell has a double major in 
chemistry and philosophy. Wolfe 
has a double major in biology and 

Pedro Cortes, former 

executive director of the 


Governor's Advisory 

Commission on Latino 

Affairs.. . spoke in 

November as part of an 

international business 


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She has grown up in two states, taken a year of college classes as 
a high school junior, lived in South Africa for nine months as a 
high school senior, and she has moved 3,000 miles across the 
country to go to college. It would seem that Jenny Larson '06 
would have many experiences to bring to LVC's liberal arts 
environment — and she does. 

"I'm really happy here," said Larson, who hails from Kelso, Wash., 
about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore. "I couldn't ask for anything more. I 
feel like I can be heard here, and I can accomplish what I want." 

Larson has taken advantage of Lebanon Valley's small size by becoming 
involved in almost more activities than she can count. She is active in 
student government; serves as the sophomore class vice president and as a 
peer adviser; plays on the tennis team; works in the Sports Information 
Office; and is sports editor of the student newspaper, La Vie Collegienne. 

She also brought her dedication to community service to LVC, where 
she serves on the diversity advisery committee and works closely with the 
Office of Multicultural Affairs. Larson would also like to organize a 
community leadership workshop similar to one she organized in 

And that's not all. Larson estimates that she has joined about 13 
organizations on campus; however, she is more active in some than others. 
Of course, this is in addition to her studies as an English communications 
major, soon to be a double major with digital communications. 

"If I had gone to a larger school, there's no way I could have gotten into 
this much stuff this fast," noted Larson. 

Larson admits that she thrives on the activity. "There's no point in 
wishing I'd like to do something like that — why not just do it?" she 
asked. "I'll try anything if I'm interested in it or if I see something that 
needs to be done. The more you do, the more you get out of college." 

Jenny Larson '06 

"I feel like 

I can be 

heard here, 

and I can 


what I want." 

— Larson 

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Michael Boyer '93 

(far right) 

Wendie DiMatteo 

Holsinger & 
Markus Reidler '04 

"It can have an impact 
on how we actually 
set up internships 

and policy." 
— DiMatteo Holsinger 

For Markus Reidler '04, it's a chance to see how his newly 
acquired accounting skills add up in the work place. For 
Michael Boyer '93, it's an opportunity to become an "educator" 
for his alma mater. An LVC internship provides more than on- 
the-job training. It creates a personal relationship between 
students who are learning theories and alumni who are applying them. 

"When you can work with somebody who 10 years ago was in the same 
position you are in now, it gives you something to shoot for," said Reidler, 
an accounting major who is interning at ASK Foods, Inc. He handles 
journal entries, payroll, and accounts payable and receivable for the 
company's retail operation, Today's Chef, in Palmyra. 

"It allows me to see how all these small pieces of the accounting pie that 
I've been studying operate as one functional unit," Reidler said. 

Boyer, a LVC graduate himself, serves as chief financial officer for ASK, 
which produces prepared foods such as deli salads, soups, entrees and sides. 

"I'm looking to educate students at a different level, at a functional 
level," Boyer said. "There's a difference between entry level coming out of 
college, and only knowing the theory, or entry level with two or three 
internships under your belt." 

Boyer's familiarity with the Valley "makes the learning process a little 
bit easier," Reidler said, "because he understands how the school operates 
and what they expect from him." 

"To this day, I have maintained the faculty relationships that began 
when I was a student," Boyer explained. "I could talk to any one of them 
and have a real one-to-one conversation. It's like I never graduated." 

Reidler's internship has an additional advantage because ASK's chief 
executive officer, Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, is a LVC trustee. 

"I also see this as an opportunity to connect to a student perspective and 
to see what academic background and skills they bring to the workforce," 
she said, adding that firsthand exposure allows her to better evaluate the 

"It can have an impact on how we actually set up internships and 
policy," Holsinger said. "That's a real win, where you have all of us 
connected in this cycle." 

President's Report 11 


ost people run to stay healthy and physically fit. Others 

I thrive on the mental determination and endurance 

needed to run marathons, and some people simply enjoy 
the scenery of a long country road. Heather Edleman 
^^3 R^i ^mS ^ °f P a l m y ra enjoys every aspect of her sport. But she 
also runs for a more important reason — Megan Marron, age 7. 

"I thought I might like to run a marathon someday," said Edleman. And 
after receiving a brochure from Team in Training, she knew the time was 
now. The brochure described a program developed by the Leukemia and 
Lymphoma Society to raise funds for research and patient assistance. The 
organization provides potential marathon runners with first-class coaching, 
training and support. And, of course, it also provides the opportunity to 
help children like Megan, a Palmyra resident now in remission from 

Edleman pledged to raise $2,500 for Megan and easily surpassed that 
total while completing the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. 
this past October. "Megan is a sweet girl and to see her struggle and lose 
her hair was tough," said Edleman. "She does everything a normal 7-year- 
old would do. Now she is in remission and will be fine." 

In addition to Edleman's academic work as a biology major, she is vice 
president of the chemistry club; a member of Tri-Beta, the biology honor 
society; a mentor in the LVEP program (see Respected Mentor, p. 20); and 
has started a campus-wide AIDS awareness organization. Following 
graduation, she plans to attend medical school to pursue her interests in 
pediatrics and surgery. 

During her four years at the Valley, Edleman has fulfilled many of her 
dreams. She has run her first marathon, and at the same time, she has 
helped support a cause, enabling a little girl to fulfill her own dreams. "I 
don't know if Megan will ever run a marathon like me," said Edleman, "but 
she has the longest, skinniest legs. She would make a really good long 
distance runner!" 


Edleman '04 

& Megan Marron 

"Megan is a sweet 

girl and to see her 

struggle and lose her 

hair was tough." 

— Edleman 

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Andrew Piatt '04 

"When you teach a 
really good lesson 

and you see 

how much the kids 

enjoy the learning, 

that's what I 

really like." 

— Piatt 

ast fall, when Andrew Piatt '04 walked into the second-grade 
classroom at Ebenezer Elementary School, the children all 
greeted him as "Mr. Piatt." 

A small thing perhaps, but it took a bit of getting used to 
■^^^" the likable York resident admits. After all, it's not that often 
that a 21 -year-old is addressed with such formality. But as a student- 
teacher in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, he quite easily found 
himself making the transition from student to professional. 

Piatt, who had set his sights on becoming a middle school teacher since 
he himself was in middle school, is pleased at the prospect of achieving his 
life-long goal. 

Under the guidance of classroom teacher Patricia Shade Stehr '96, Piatt 
worked with 7- and-8-year-olds who think he is something special. 

"He helps us when we need help," explained Ashley, seated on the floor 
with several other students, all working on a reading assignment. 

"He teaches us a lot of things," added Clara, a brown-haired youngster 
in the same reading group. "He's smart!" 

Piatt might say he's only returning a favor, giving these children what 
he received from other teachers. "Many of my middle school teachers were 
really good," Piatt said. "They influenced my career." 

Piatt, who plans on teaching middle school mathematics, cited Dr. 
Susan Atkinson, LVC professor of education, as someone who reinforced his 
decision to teach. "She really knows teaching," he noted. "And she is also a 
person you can get to know and learn from." 

But his chosen career brings its own rewards as well. 

"When you teach a really good lesson and you see how much the kids 
enjoy the learning, that's what I really like," Piatt said. "They're talking 
about it and the next day they give back the information you taught them. 
That's really something!" 

President's Report 15 


nowing that a shark can lose 1,000 teeth each year might 
not give Jennifer Borgerding '04 an advantage when it 
comes to the post-graduation job search, but the experience 
she gained as a media relations intern at the National 
Aquarium in Baltimore will undoubtedly give her an edge 
over the competition. 

On the recommendation of David Evans, LVC's director of career 
services, Borgerding looked into hometown opportunities at the aquarium 
and the Baltimore Zoo. After making an excellent impression at each 
interview, she earned an internship at the aquarium. "It was very flattering 
and a real confidence booster," she said. 

Borgerding escorted media around an off-site ecological wetland area; 
served as press coordinator on land for a dolphin count; and even watched 
the aquarium staff track an entangled humpback whale. And yes, she did 
learn a lot about sharks, especially during one program in particular, 
Sleepover with the Sharks. "The whole event, which was part of the 2003 
Shark Quest, was planned to break the Jam myth," she said. "We showed 
people that they're not all killing machines, that they're endangered and 
important to ocean health." 

The internship fueled Borgerding's interest in the environment, 
something that was instilled in her after taking an environmental science 
course with Candice Falger, coordinator of the Master of Science Education 
Program. "She was passionate about the environment. In class she talked 
about things like her hybrid car and the compost pile at her house," 
Borgerding noted. "I felt that we weren't just being told what to do — 
this was someone who does it." 

She also credits the College's Business and Economics Department for 
"preparing me with the communication skills that were so vital to my 

Because of her experience, Borgerding would like to work for "a 
company that makes a difference and works to improve society," she said. 
"I realized that there's a higher cause than just making money, and that 
there are many jobs out there related to business that can help others." 

Borgerding '04 

"I realized that there's 

a higher cause than just 

making money, and 

that there are many 

jobs out there related 
to business that can 

help others." 
— Borgerding 

16 Lebanon Valley College 



D. Darrell 

"The one thing I hope 

I have accomplished 

is that students have 

learned to be open to 

other people and more 

accepting of other 

people's lifestyles." 

— Woomer 

Chaplain D. Darrell Woomer, who has three master's degrees 
in religion and a doctoral degree in spirituality, has been a 
visible presence on campus as a scholar, spiritual guide and 
mentor since he first came to the Valley in 1992. As a 
religious adviser, he leads the Council of Christian 
Organizations, a campus student group that uses different means of 
showing and spreading God's love through fellowship, service and 
worship. He is also the moderator for Freedom Rings, a club established in 
1994 as a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender 

Despite occasional criticism for working in both capacities, Woomer, 
the son of a minister, defined his role "as being a minister to everyone. I 
wouldn't be true to my calling if I didn't." 

By the age of 5, he said he knew that he was called to a religious 
vocation. Today, he explained, his job is to serve everyone. "If you get to 
know people as individuals, it makes you more aware and more accepting." 

Over the past 1 1 years, Woomer has encouraged students to take the 
reins. The results, he said, have been evolutionary. "Each year brings 
something new," said Woomer. "It really depends on the students." Those 
students involved in religious-based organizations on campus have been 
especially instrumental in reshaping chapel schedules and services. As a 
result, participation has increased dramatically. "New students come in 
every year with new ideas," noted Woomer. 

This conviction often leaves little free time for Woomer to spend with 
his wife and two children. It's not unusual to find him on campus most 
evenings and weekends, whether it's moderating meetings, assisting with 
social work or providing counseling services. 

Woomer stated, "The one thing I hope I have accomplished is that 
students have learned to be open to other people and more accepting of 
other people's lifestyles. I think that has happened some — not that we all 
have to agree on everything." 


President's Report 19 


rowing up in the coal regions of Schuylkill County during 
the 1950s and 1960s, The Rev. Timothy Dewald didn't 
know many children who aspired to go to college; 
typically, their future would be in factories, farms or mines. 
But Dewald had a dream, and thanks to the support of his 
parents, he became the first in his family to earn a college degree. 

Perhaps it is his understanding of the seemingly unattainable goal of 
attending college that connects him so strongly to the Lebanon Valley 
Education Partnership. Started in 1989, the LVEP is a joint program 
between LVC and the Lebanon School District to offer academic and 
financial support to bright students in city schools who might not 
otherwise be able to attend college. In 2003, six students from the LVEP 
enrolled at Lebanon Valley, which Dewald noted is high. "We encourage 
their dream to attend college somewhere" he stressed. "Sometimes it's 
somewhere else, and that's okay. We're making sure they know they have 
the opportunity to go to college." 

Dewald oversees the LVEP and acts as an adviser to LVEP scholars who 
make the transition to college. However, he believes the program's success 
hinges on the LVC students who serve as mentors, treating their partners 
to activities such as bowling, tailgating parties, an evening at 
Hersheypark, a step show and campus plays. "My work is very minor 
compared to what individual mentors do," said Dewald. "They spend time 
with them on Friday nights, and they look forward to seeing their 

Previously, Dewald, who is also LVC's coordinator of academic advising 
and community programming, served as pastor at the Hill United Church 
of Christ in Cleona for 23 years and spent 13 years as an adjunct professor 
in math. Now a full-time instructor, he teaches introductory statistics and 
especially enjoys finding creative ways to help students overcome their 
math anxiety. "I try to build a bridge between what they know and what I 
want them to know," he explained. "If the students help me build the 
bridge, they can cross it with me." 

The Rev. 
Timothy Dewald 

"I try to build a bridge 

between what they 

know and what 1 want 

them to know." 

— Dewald 

20 Lebanon Valley College 


' Mr. 

Consolidated Report of Gifts and Grants to Lebanon Valley College 






i ' " i 

Donors Dollars 

1 I 






43 $1,471,343]* 





3,485 $2,968,187 





626 $609,766 





952 $140,880 


Outright Gifts 




129 $492,951 

Matching Gifts 




98 $93,980 





27 $350,468 



1 $16,262 





18 $46,844 





5,336 $4,719,338 






1 1 

Donors Dollars 

i 1 






41 $1,244,959]* 





3,525 $2,300,508 





778 $595,582 





1024 $95,203 


Outright Gifts 




111 $321,603 

Matching Gifts 




110 $102,211 





16 $331,253 




2 $15,793 





22 $38,773 





5,588 $3,800,926 

'Categories overlap; trustees are included in alumni, friends and parents. 

22 Lebanon Valley College 

Statement of Activities 

For year ended June 30 





Tuition and fees 

(net of institutional financial aid) 



Government grants 



Gifts and private grants 



Endowment/investment income 



















AND FEES (net 
of institutional 
financial aid) 


Figures comply with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) Nos. 1 16, 1 17 and 124. 
Source: 2002-03 audited financial statements, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP 








Academic Support 



Student Services 



Public Services 



Operation and Maintenance of Plant 



General Institution 



Student Aid (government) 


























President's Report 23 

24 Lebanon Valley College. 

Board of Trustees 2002-2003 


Vice Chair 

Vice Chair 


Assistant Secretary 

Assistant Treasurer 

Board Officers 

Dr. Ross W. Fasick '55 
Dr. E.H. Arnold H'87 
Katherine J. Bishop 
Harry B. Yost '62 
Karin Right-Nolan 
Deborah R. Fullam '81 
Darwin G. Glick '58 

2002-2003 BOARD 

Kristen R. Angstadt 74, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 
Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area 
Intermediate Unit #15 (2004) 

E.H. Arnold, B.A.,L.H.D. 

Chairman of the Board, Arnold Logistics (2005) 

RyanJ. Arnold '03 

Student, Lebanon Valley College (2003) 

Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S. 

President, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation (2003) 

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div. 

Senior Pastor First United Methodist Church (2004) 

Michael A. Day, B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., Ph.D. 
Professor of Physics, Lebanon Valley College (2004) 

Wesley T. Dellinger 75, CRS, GRI, CSP, B.S. 
Realtor, Brownstone Real Estate (2003) 

Ronald J. Drnevich, B.S. 

President, Gannett Fleming, Inc. (2005) 

Scott H. Eggert, B.F.A., M.A., D.M.A. 

Professor of Music, Lebanon Valley College (2005) 

Ross W. Fasick '55, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., L.H.D. 
Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de 
Nemours and Co. (2004) 

Darwin G. Glick '58, B.S. 

Retired President, Glick, Stanilla and Siegel, C.P.A. 


A.L. "Jim" Hanford III, B.A. 

President, Ladd Hanford Motors, Inc. (2003) 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed. 

Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc. (2005) 

John F.JurasitsP'03, B.S. 

Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, Inc. 


F. Obai Kabia 73, B.S., M.P.A. 

Political Affairs Officer, United Nations (2004) 

Malcolm L. Lazin "65, B.S., J.D. 

Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum 


William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D. 

Retired Senior Vice President and Secretary, Hershey 

Foods Corporation (2005) 

Richard C. Miller, B.S., M.S., D.P.E. 

Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, Benedict 

College (2004) 

James A. Mitchell Jr. '58, B.S., M.B.A. 

Retired Corporate Insurance Manager, E.I. DuPont de 

Nemours and Co. (2004) 

G. David Pollick, B.A., M.A., Ph.L., Ph.D. 
President, Lebanon Valley College 

Sherri J. Pursel '04, Student 
Lebanon Valley College (2004) 

George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S. 

Retired Insurance Executive and Former Insurance 

Commissioner, State of Connecticut (2004) 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58, B.S., L.H.D. 
Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc. (2005) 

Richard T. Reynolds, B.S. 

President, Reynolds Construction Management, Inc. 


Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S. 

Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines 


Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S. 

President, Echo Data Services, Inc. (2004) 

James W. Scott, B.A., Ph.D. 

Professor of German, Lebanon Valley College (2003) 

Frank R. Sourbeer 72, B.A. 

President & Chief Executive Officer, Wilsbach 

Distributors, Inc. (2003) 

+John A. Synodinos, B.S., M.S.E., L.H.D. 
President Emeritus, Lebanon Valley College (2003) 

The Honorable John Walter '53, B.S., J.D. 
Retired President Judge, Lebanon County Court of 
Common Pleas; Associate, Kreamer Funeral Home, 
Inc. (2004) 

Albertine P. Washington, B.A., P.D. 

Retired Elementary Teacher, Lebanon School District 


J. Dennis Williams, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., D.D. 
Retired Pastor, St. John's United Methodist Church 

Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com. 
President, Delta Packaging, Inc. (2005) 

Harry B. Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LL.M. 

Attorney & Senior Partner, Appel & Yost (2003) 


Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LL.B., Realtor; Commercial 
and Industrial Developer 

Eugene C. Fish, Esq., B.S., J.D., L.H.D. 
Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.; 
Chairman of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company; 
Managing Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter 

Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S. 
Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc. 

Martin L. Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey 

International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation 

Rev. Thomas W. Guinivan '39, A.B., B.D., M.Div., 
D.D.; Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 

Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A. 
Retired Business Executive 

Gerald D. Kauffman '44, A.B., B.D., M.Div., D.D. 
Officer of the Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor 
Emeritus, Grace United Methodist Church, Carlisle 

Allan W. Mund, LL.D., D.B.A. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Ellicott Machine 


Harold S. Peiffer '42, A.B., S.T.M., Th.M., D.D. 
Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 

Kenneth H. Plummer 

Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc. 

F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, B.S., LL.D. 
Retired, Ernst & Young C.P.A. 

Daniel L. Shearer '38, A.B., B.D., M.S.T., S.T.M., 
D.D.; Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, 
Central Penn Conference 

Morton Spector, L.H.D. 

Treasurer, Design House Kitchens and Appliances, 


Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci. 
Retired Consultant (Chemical Carciogenesis and 
Toxicology), National Cancer Institute 

Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc. 

E.D. Williams Jr., L.H.D. 
Private Investor 


Suzanne H. Arnold, L.H.D. 
Community Leader and Philanthropist 

Bishop Neil L. Irons, B.A., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D., D.D. 
Bishop, The United Methodist Church 

Anne B. Sweigart, B.S., LL.D., L.H.D., D.P.S. 
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
D&E Communications, Inc. 

Bishop Peter D. Weaver, B.A., M.Div., Th.D., D.D., 
LL.D.; Resident Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of 
The United Methodist Church 


Stephen H. Roberts '65, Chair 

Samuel A. Willman '67, Vice Chair 

Kristen R. Angstadt 74 

Wesley T. Dellinger 75 

Ross W. Fasick '55 

Darwin G. Glick '58 

A.L. "Jim" Hanford III 

Cassandra L. Hoadley '04 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger 

John F. Jurasits P'03 

Janice C. Middleton P'03 

G. David Pollick 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59 

James W. Scott 

Amy E. Smith '04 

+John A. Synodinos 

David G. Thompson '65 

Gary R. Zelner '81 

Editor: Tom Hanrahan 

Production Manager: Kelly Alsedek 

Writers: Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, Lauren McCartney Cusick, 

Tom Hanrahan, Mary Beth Hower, Howard Kolus, Lisa Landis '04, 

Natalie Hope McDonald '97, Ann Hess Myers, Heather Robino and 

Stephen Trapnell '90 

Design: John T. Consoli, Image Impact Design & Photography, Inc. 

Portrait Photography: John T. Consoli 

Other Photography: John T. Consoli, Bill Dowling, Nick Kelsh, 

Howard Korn and Kevin Monko 

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